Thursday, January 25, 2018

2018 LPRT Sweet Caroline Preview

The Ladies Professional Racquetball Tour (LPRT) is back this weekend with the Sweet Caroline Open in Greenville, South Carolina. It’s a Grand Slam event, so a large field of players has been attracted to Greenville, including the top 8 LPRT players headlined by LPRT #1 Paola Longoria. Samantha Salas will make her season debut after recovering from shoulder surgery she had immediately following her win at the last LPRT event of last season back in June.

Also notable, Rhonda Rajsich is now the #2 LPRT player, with Jessica Parrilla #3 and Frédérique Lambert #4. Lambert’s ranking has slipped despite being a finalist in the last three LPRT events, but she missed the first two events of the year due to medical school commitments. Finally, Maria Vargas, former LPRT #2, is also in the draw.

There are some notable pairings in doubles starting with Lambert and Salas. Salas has been Longoria’s partner for most of the last decade, but not this week, as she is hooking up with Lambert while Longoria plays with Alexandra Herrera.

Additionally, American Kelani Bailey and Sharon Jackson are in the doubles draw, although neither are playing singles. Perhaps they are using the event as preparation for the USA Racquetball Doubles Championship happening next month in Tempe, Arizona.

The tournament starts Friday morning with the Round of 32. The Round of 16 will be Friday afternoon. The quarterfinals will be Saturday morning (10 AM & 11 AM) and semi-finals Saturday at 4 PM and 5 PM. The singles final will be Sunday at 11 AM with the doubles final scheduled for noon. Check out the LPRT YouTube channel for the action or its LiveStream channel.

2018 Sweet Caroline Open
Greenville, South Carolina - January 25-28, 2018

LPRT Singles - Round of 32 - Friday

1 Paola Longoria - BYE
16 Cecilia Pratt v. 17 Cassandra Lee - Noon

9 Carla Muñoz v. 24 Jen Saunders - Noon
8 Cristina Amaya v. 25 Anita Maldonado - Noon

5 Alexandra Herrera - BYE
12 Susana Acosta v. 21 Amie Brewer - 10 AM

13 Maria Renee Rodriguez v. 20 Hannah Shnurman - 10 AM
4 Frédérique Lambert - BYE

3 Jessica Parrilla - BYE
14 Sheryl Lotts v. 19 Brenda Laime - 10 AM

11 Adrianne Haynes v. 22 Maria Vargas - 11 AM
6 Samantha Salas - BYE

7 Natalia Mendez - BYE
10 Nancy Enriquez v. 23 Robin Whitmire - 11 AM

15 Eleni Guzman v. 18 Jennifer Dering - 11 AM
2 Rhonda Rajsich - BYE

LPRT Doubles - Round of 16 - Friday

1 Alexandra Herrera & Paola Longoria - BYE
8 Daniela Molina & Masiel Rivera v. 9 Kelani Bailey & Sharon Jackson - 4 PM

5 Sheryl Lotts & Rhonda Rajsich - BYE
4 Cristina Amaya & Cecilia Pratt - BYE

3 Frédérique Lambert & Samantha Salas - BYE
6 Natalia Mendez & Maria Vargas - BYE

7 Susana Acosta & Eleni Guzman - BYE
2 Carla Muñoz & Jessica Parrilla - BYE

Follow the bouncing ball….

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